The sound of the Hawaiian steel guitar is sweet, nostalgic and unmistakably Hawaiian. The tradewinds and surf reside in its subtle vibrato.
“How to Play the Hawaiian Steel Guitar” is a well-illustrated and easy-to-understand book complete with accompanying audio CD of lessons and songs.
Henry Kaleialoha Allen shares everything the novice needs to know in order to play this beautiful instrument — from purchasing the perfect guitar to performing with a Hawaiian flourish.
This primer, adapted from Allen’s popular self-published guide, features a history of the Hawaiian steel guitar, instructions for reading musical notation, a practical guide to buying and tuning a steel guitar, guidance on using the bar, sheet music for 11 original songs, exercises and a discussion of the nuances of the “Hawaiian touch.”
A steel guitar, guitar and ‘ukulele teacher, Allen was born in Hilo, on the Big Island, and raised on O‘ahu.
In 1993 he was awarded a Master Artist Teacher, ASFCA Folk Arts Award from the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and also from the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Artists, HARA.